Mid Wales Opera is sorry to announce that the planned tour of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville has been cancelled.
Arts Council England turned down an initial application for funding for the tour in England earlier in the year and were not able to consider a re-submitted application in a time-frame which would have enabled the company to enter into contracts, and secure additional funding needed to make the tour a reality.
MWO had hoped to mount a limited tour in Wales only but this has proved to be impossible, and, in consultation with Arts Council Wales (ACW) the Wales tour has been cancelled. However the company hopes to mount the production – directed by Edward Dick – at some point in the future.
Despite the setback, Mid Wales Opera has exciting plans for the future. After great success with landmark productions of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring and Bizet’s Carmen, directed by Dr. Jonathan Miller and a new score by Stephen McNeff. 2014 also saw a successful co-production with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Brecon Baroque of Handel’s Acis and Galatea.
In the short term MWO will return to St Davids Cathedral Festival on Thursday 28 May (http://stdavidscathedralfestival.co.uk/programme/) and will present an evening of opera highlights with MWO Young Artists at Hafren in Newtown on Saturday 19 September, both accompanied by the Mid Wales Opera Chamber Orchestra; while our regular Friends Gala at Gregynog on Sunday 19 July will provide an opportunity to hear some of our recent Young Artist alumni in concert. With the support of ACW MWO will undertake additional concert performances in the autumn at various Welsh venues.
Long term MWO has an ambitious programme of events in the coming three years including another collaboration with the Royal Welsh College and another touring programme in both England and Wales rooted in strong community engagement.
MWO remains committed to a mission of nurturing young singers and presenting outstanding work in places where audiences have little opportunity to experience live opera. In moving forward, MWO will build on the strong support it has received from the Arts Councils, our Friends and Patrons, our business supporters, notably Control Techniques, and a number of Trusts and Foundations. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who thinks they may be able to help!
Gareth Williams, Chair Mid Wales Opera